26. Change of plans

I have become one of them. I had to choose between two evils, and I chose to take the bus rather than cycling into Bangkok. Even though I was the only foreigner on the coach I have degraded myself from Master Explorer to Simple Tourist!

I had caught up with Rob and Dan in Phetchaburi the day before. I got up somewhat early and did the 70 kilometres from Hua Hin before noon, thanks to a nice tailwind. The number of beers we had suggested we were happy to see each other and they convinced me to change my planned route, come with them to Chiang Mai and from there into Laos. So far I have been able to keep up with my schedule pretty well, especially since I skipped a few days in Phuket, but suddenly all my planning is thrown away.

There are a lot of advantages to join them on their route. It is undoubtedly a more interesting route, I get to see northern Thailand and Chiang Mai and I don’t have to ride several long, boring and hard distances like Bangkok to Siem Reap or the mountains between Laos and Vietnam. Also, having company through Laos and Cambodia is probably a good thing. The disadvantages are, among others, that I’ll have to take planes, trains and buses to get back on track unless we ride really fast, as the new route adds more than a 1000 kilometres to my original plan. I also have to consider other peoples feelings (and these guys are really, really sensitive) and it will slow down my pace.

Despite this I decided to tag along. I enjoy their company and I can always, at any time, continue on my own. But before I could join them I first had to leave them. I had plans in Bangkok while they where going to make a detour to see the Bridge over river Kwai. I had no interest in a bridge, not enough to skip Bangkok, and we agreed to meet later in Ayutthaya.

Phetchaburi definitely deserves more tourist attention. It is a beautiful city and I felt privileged to visit the Khao Wang palace, the night market and to take a swim in the river. The monkeys are a bit of a nuisance though, while visiting the temple they chewed on my water bottle, Dans helmet and Robs handlebar tape.

The bus to Bangkok suddenly stopped and everyone had to get off. We were still on the highway and had to climb the barrier to get off the road. I assembled my bike, I had to take my wheels off to get it on the bus, and started riding. I was glad I took the bus, because the last six kilometres into Bangkok was quite stressful and that ride alone upgraded my status to yet again become Master Explorer.

70 km from Hua Hin to Phetchaburi.
7 km riding around in Phetchaburi.
6 km riding on a highway into Bangkok.
Total: 1950 km.

 70 km from Hua Hin to Phetchaburi. Damn I’m good!

 Rob, Dan and a bottle of Chang.

 Khao Wang means “Hill with palace”. It is almost as if they had no imagination at all.

 Same place, another angle.

Pretty nice.

Angry mom. Probably because her kid ate our stuff.

Cycling the last few kilometres into Bangkok.


  1. Good beer (Chang)
    Peter "Halmstad City Airport"

  2. I think Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas are well worth visiting - although I don't know what you are going to miss out on as I haven't seen other places in Thailand.

    I can't wait to follow your trip through Laos, I only spent 24hours there travelling through it but the little I saw and experienced was fantastic.

    Love the clip cycling through Bangkok - it makes it so real! Next time I expect you to comment a little bit too, would be cool.

  3. Oh and by the way. I had dinner with Ola and Ola and Maria and Sussie last night - it was an all nighter (perfect evening) and we ended up in a pub in Möllan. Ola had his latest prototype SonyEricsson phone wiht him and we read your Blog from it and looked at the photos from there, cool or what! /the Technophobe.

  4. Seems to be a slow and sensible traffic into bangkok?


  5. Laos... pls say hi to the Lao people for me (no worries, they'll definitely remember me;) ).
    And enjoy the chillaxed-ness.
    oh, and don't forget to look for the barbecued r.a.t.s. in the morning markets.
    and then pls don't forget to not tell me about eating some.

  6. Slow traffic that day I see..
    It usually gets MUCH worse !


  7. Nu har jag sett hela din cykelfärdsfilm in till Bangkok Anders. Riktigt fräckt! Noterade dock att du missade ett Macdonalds men det kanske finns fler längs vägen.

    Bra jobbat!

  8. Det har varit helt fantastiskt att följa dig.Finns inget som kan ersätta detta du har gjort.

    Ha det vi hörs.
    Fidde Lindberg

  9. Jag åt en super cheese bacon på sibylla igår det var gott =)


  10. Ja, trafiken de följande dagarna var mycket värre. Satt fast i taxi och tuk-tuks mer än en gång. Att cykla ut ur Bangkok var dock inte så farligt som jag trott..

  11. BS: Jag drack öl och whiskey med tre brudar i går. Det var också gott!

  12. Roger: 30 minuter efter filmen sitter jag och käkar en Supersized Dubbel Whopper :)

  13. Hej Anders! Äntligen kommer det några rader från moster och mormor. Du verkar ha roligt på din resa och mycket motion blir det också. Du är duktig på att skriva och fotografera och dessutom att dyka på havets botten. Kul säger vi! Kram från oss!


Post a Comment